UAL L3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design


Program Description

Course Details

  • Length 2 years (6 terms)
  • Course Start September | January
  • Progression Degrees & further education in art & design. Guaranteed progression to any of our BA courses on successful completion of the Extended Diploma.
  • Tutor Support Specialist tutor support available 5 days a week.
  • Studio Access Students have access to our studios 7 days a week, from 8am to 8.30pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm at weekends.
  • How Your Work Is Assessed Visual and written assignments and projects.
  • Excursions Local and national educational trips to museums and galleries.


What to Expect

Year One

In the first year you will explore a range of creative subject areas including 3D Design, Textiles, Fine Art, Graphics and Illustration, Photography and Moving image supported by Life drawing and Visual studies.

Year Two

In your second year, you will select your specialism subject; your creative process will be recorded in a blog as a reflection and evaluation of your work. You will commence your university application and portfolio with the guidance and support of lecturers. In the second term, you will continue to focus on your chosen subject and develop a portfolio for university interviews. Fashion students will stage a fashion show.

In the final term all students will undertake a research week when trips to relevant creative sources are arranged and industry professionals are invited into college to inspire and inform your self directed project. This will be showcased at the end of term. You will then celebrate your achievements at our graduation ceremony

Entry Requirements


16 years +

Educational Level

Successful completion of Secondary Education (year 10 or year 11 depending on native country) is needed or 3 GCSEs at grade 4 or C or equivalent, preferably in a relevant creative subject. Students who do not meet these entry requirements will still be considered on their own individual potential to succeed.

English Level for International Students

IELTS 4.5+ (no element under 4.0)


Small portfolio required.

We Provide

To help our young artists we provide a portfolio case and art box of essential requisites. Specialism materials are also available in our workshops and studios. We also provide access to all the adobe software (Photoshop, InDesign, Premier Pro, After Effects and more) and free colour printing, access to an in-studio library, a photography studio and materials needed for print making.

How We Teach

Throughout this course students will be taught through specialist workshops, guest lecturers, regular one-to-ones and group tutorials.

Subjects Taught

Fashion Design, Fashion Communication, Textiles, Fine Art, Graphics and Illustration, Moving Image, Photography, Life Drawing, Visual Studies, Critical and Contextual Studies, Architecture, Interior Design


  • Central Saint Martins (UAL)
  • Falmouth University
  • Kingston University
  • Parsons, New York
  • London College of Fashion
  • Birmingham City University

Your Future

Each of our students receives personalised portfolio assistance from our specialist tutors.


42% of our students achieved a distinction in 2019. This is substantially higher than the national level of 23.1%.*

*based on national average in 2017/18

Last updated Oct 2019

About the School

Cambridge school of visual & performing arts (csvpa) is a dedicated arts and performance school in the centre of cambridge. We offer diploma, foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate courses acr ... Read More

Cambridge school of visual & performing arts (csvpa) is a dedicated arts and performance school in the centre of cambridge. We offer diploma, foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate courses across art & design, fashion, music and performing arts. Read less